Misses’ dress sewing pattern with knit bodice and jacket or vest by Cynthia Rowley.
6-22 I did my usual Simplicity 16/18 combo.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes except I made the skirt longer.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I think the instructions were written for a woven version of this dress. Stay stitching and side seam zippers would make complete sense in that case. However in a knit dress it's crazytown to suggest doing those things.
I also don't much care for the instructions for sewing the straps but honestly couldn't think of a better way.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It's a pretty design, just a pain in the ass to make.
Tree print rayon/lycra jersey from Marcy Tilton and black jersey mystery remnant.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I found this pattern to run big and had to take in the bodice just about everywhere.
1. Took in shoulder seams 3/4".
2. Took in side seams 3/4".
3. Cut 2" off the bodice length. (I'm short waisted so this change was more of a figure problem)
4. Wanted the entire tree repeat in the skirt so 6" of length was added.
5. Instead of constructing the skirt with two rectangles I used the entire width of the fabric and seamed it in the back. Since I had no side seams the pockets were left off.
- The straps are a complete bitch to put on and my tiny brain couldn't come up with an alternative way. The instructions have you stitch the neckline and armholes together, then turn the pieces right side out and stitch the shoulder seams together. This results in a bulky shoulder seam but you can't turn the straps right side out if you do it another way.
- The curves on the straps and the bodice did not match up for me. The black jersey and the tree knit stretched a different amount which could have been part of the problem. I trimmed down the bodice to make the curves fit and it looks fine.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Would not sew this again because it pissed me off. It is a cute dress but I'm hesitant to recommend others put themselves though the hassle of getting those straps on.
I'm a bit ambivalent about this FO. While I'm pleased to have found a use for this fabric the dress seems vaguely maternity to me. The length is a little weird but I really don't want to cut down the tree print and there isn't enough of the black contrast to make a hem band. If I could go back in time I'd make the skirt maxi length instead. At least my man likes so it's not a totally wash.